Thursday, August 12, 2004

  • U.S. Risks Alienating Millions Across Muslim World with Major Attack on Holy City of Najaf


    Thousands of U.S. troops have launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Najaf, one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world. We go to Iraq to get a report on the latest fighting and we speak with professor As’ad AbuKhalil about the U.S. assault on one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world. [includes rush transcript]

  • Polarized Venezuela Prepares to Vote on Chavez Recall


    As millions of voters in Venezuela head to the polls Sunday to vote on whether to recall President Hugo Chavez from office we host a debate between Martin Sanchez, the editor of a grassroots website for Chavez supporters and Jorge Combellas, the U.S. coordinator for the recall referendum on Chavez. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ryan Matthews is Free: Death Row Prisoner Convicted as Juvenile Exonerated After 5 Yrs in Jail


    Ryan Matthews, 24, was released from house arrest Monday after a Louisiana court exonerated him of a 1999 murder charge. Matthews was 17 when the 1997 murder of a grocery store owner took place and has served 5 years in prison after being convicted based on questionable eye-witness testimony. We speak with his mother Pauline Matthews and his lawyer Billy Sothern. [includes rush transcript]

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